Category: NRSA Fellows

Gordon Gauchat, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow Academic Interests: My primary research interest is in the cultural authority of science in the public sphere. This research examines the social, cultural, and political factors associated with how various publics view science-in-society, in terms of attitudes toward scientific knowledge as well as the definition of “science.” Future research will explore public perceptions… Read more »

Michele M. Easter, M.A., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow Academic Interests: I am interested in how mental health consumers and other stakeholders understand and feel about biologically-based explanations for mental illness. My background is in the interdisciplinary subfield “genomics and society,” which addresses ethical, social, legal, and clinical implications of genetics and genomics. My long term goal is to conduct policy-relevant research… Read more »

Sandy Sulzer, PhD

Sandy Sulzer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation ethnographically examined the diagnostic process of Borderline Personality Disorder and included qualitative interviewing of both mental health clinicians and patients. She has also explored mechanisms of physician empathy in medical training programs, and validated self-reports of health behaviors using text-messaging. Additionally,… Read more »

Ashley Meagher, MD

Ashley Meagher, MD is excited to join the Sheps Center as a NRSA post-doctoral fellow. She has completed two years of residency in the General Surgery program at UNC. She received her MD from the University of Utah in 2010 and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Kansas in 2003. Ashley’s primary research… Read more »

Adam Kuykendal

Adam Kuykendal, M.D. is board certified in internal medicine currently pursuing a subspecialty fellowship in medical oncology. He completed medical school and undergraduate work at UNC majoring in Biology and Public Policy Analysis. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his research focused on industry sponsorship and the publication effects… Read more »

Krista Evans

Krista Evans has completed her 3rd year General Surgery at the University of North Carolina. She hails from Gilford, New Hampshire, where she enjoyed downhill ski racing, running, and dancing. She received her BS in Mathematics from Middlebury College, an MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Dartmouth Medical School’s Center for Evaluative Clinical Studies, and… Read more »

Tyler Buckner

Dr. Buckner is a native of Tullahoma, Tennessee (Go Big Orange!). After graduating from Rhodes College, he moved to North Carolina, completing medical school and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill. He stayed at UNC and is now training in a combined fellowship in adult Hematology and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. His main clinical… Read more »

Chris Beadles

Chris Beadles is originally from Texas, the Lone Star State, and is a very proud Texas Aggie (Graduate of Texas A&M University). He earned an M.D. from the University of Texas in San Antonio before heading east to North Carolina. Chris is currently a doctoral student in the department of Health Policy and Management at… Read more »

Mackenzie Pergolotti

Mackenzi Pergolotti is an Occupational Therapist with a BS/MS degree from Russell Sage College and the Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. During her Masters research, Mackenzi used expressive arts therapy to improve the quality of life of children with cancer. After graduating, she worked in multiple settings with cancer patients of all ages as… Read more »

Ashley Kranz

Ashley Kranz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is interested in studying health outcomes and access to health care for low-income children, with an emphasis on children’s dental health. Her dissertation research will involve comparing the effectiveness of different delivery… Read more »

Liz Holdsworth

Liz Holdsworth is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before starting the PhD program, Liz received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Liz’s research interests focus on mental health and substance abuse services research. She… Read more »

Emily Elstad, MPH

Emily Elstad is a fourth-year doctoral student in the department of Health Behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her overarching research interest is in understanding how patients and their healthcare providers make decisions related to chronic disease prevention and management. In particular, she is interested in understanding how cognitive biases shape clinical… Read more »

Anne Beaubrun

Anne Christine Beaubrun is a doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy within the University Of North Carolina Eshelman School Of Pharmacy. Anne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Anne is interested in the use of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomic methods to examine health outcomes among… Read more »